Angel Azzarra, soprano
Considered by Operavore and Classical WQXR as 40 Under 40: A New Generation of Superb Opera Singers, Angel Azzarra began her musical studies in Mississippi, later earning her master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music as their sole full scholarship voice student. Ms. Azzarra is now a sought-after chamber musician and interpreter of new and obscure works, recently premiering Stephanie Ann Boyd’s symphony Sheltering Voices, featured in the NowThis! documentary of the same name, as well as multiple performances of Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire." Her reputation as a sought- after Rachmaninoff interpreter continues to expand after her performances in Peru with his Opus 38, as well as recent concerts featuring the Rachmaninoff Opus 21 and 34. Her recent performance of Donna Anna with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in Manhattan was noted by Fred Plotkin to be sung with “quality and distinction.” While under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Pierre Vallet in Ibert’s Persée et Andromède, the performance was listed in the New York Times as “The Best Classical Music of 2016.” She recently debuted as Mimì's in Mobile Opera’s production of La Bohème, and other opera credits include the New York premiere of Conrad Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons as Madame de Volanges, Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), and orchestral concert excerpts of Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Semiramide (Semiramide), and Violetta (La Traviata). She has performed with numerous young artist programs and opera houses across the world including the Franz Schubert Institute, Natchez Festival of Music, Midwest Institute of Opera, Opera Festival di Roma, and the International Performing Arts Institute of Munich. Ms. Azzarra was a national finalist in the Rose Palmei-Tenser competition, as well as a national finalist in the Classical Singer competition. She is currently an Emerging Artist at St. Petersburg Opera.